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Oikocredit launches Impact Report 2019

Oikocredit-Impact-Report-2019_EN-cover.jpg10 September | 2019 Oikocredit’s Impact Report is now live and ready for download. The new publication replaces the Social and Environmental Performance Report and showcases data from across Oikocredit’s activities. full story

Boosting efforts across focus sectors and strengthening partners

Thos2.jpg31 July | 2019 As we head into the second half of the year, Oikocredit’s Managing Director, Thos Gieskes, brings us up to date on the cooperative’s latest developments. He explains how we are boosting efforts in our focus sectors and going beyond finance to broaden the ways in which we support our partners, aiming to strengthen their businesses and their networks.

The interview also highlights this year’s annual general meeting (AGM) held in June and offers some insight into our upcoming Impact Report to be published in September. full story

Interview: Providing affordable housing loans for low and middle-income families in Cambodia

AGM-2019-03.jpg24 July | 2019 Sothany Chun is the CEO of Oikocredit partner First Finance plc, a financial institution which provides housing and home-improvement loans to people on low and middle-incomes in Cambodia. Oikocredit’s Support Association in the Netherlands recently met with her to discuss her background, work and how First Finance is helping to improve lives by increasing access to home ownership. full story

Jessy’s Story: A Taste of Success in Zambia

EFC-ZM-20.jpg10 July | 2019 “I am passionate about cooking and I taught myself how to cook. I also teach my staff. I buy local products and have a farmer who grows certain ingredients especially for me,” says Jessy Chipindo, restaurant owner and client of Oikocredit partner Entrepreneurs Financial Centre Zambia. full story

Oikocredit annual general meeting votes on dividend and supervisory board  

AGM-2019-cropped.jpg21 June | 2019 From 17 to 20 June 2019 delegates from Oikocredit member organisations and Oikocredit staff gathered in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, for the annual general meeting (AGM) week. full story

Bridging the Gender Gap…. At Home

Irene Valdez.jpg13 June | 2019 Not so long ago, Ka Oting Villanueva, like many men in the central Philippines province of Negros Occidental, regarded a husband’s role as simply that of a provider. “He never used to help me with any of the household chores,” says his wife. “In fact, I don’t think it ever crossed his mind!” full story

How do coffee cooperatives support smallholder coffee farmers in Peru?

APROC-PE-45.jpg29 May | 2019 Two billion cups of coffee served every day. 200 billion US dollars in sales every year. So why are some farmers happy when none of their children wish to follow them into the coffee-growing business? full story

Equity investment to foster sustainable coffee trading

file1-5.jpeg22 May | 2019 Oikocredit has announced a US$ 4.7 million investment in Caravela Coffee, a Latin American responsible specialty coffee trader. full story

Oikocredit expands its fintech portfolio in Mexico

3. Karina Perez Borja 2, Colaborador Kubo.JPG02 May | 2019 Oikocredit has invested in Mexican fintech Ku-Bo Financiero to boost access to affordable finance for individuals across Mexico. full story

Oikocredit and MOCA join forces to strengthen cocoa cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire

Oikocredit and CNFA MOCA sign MoU.JPG16 April | 2019 Oikocredit and the Maximizing Opportunities in Cocoa Activity (MOCA) project have signed a memorandum of understanding to support the sustainable development of smallholder cocoa cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire. full story

It’s more than just finance [interview]

Laura Pool, director of risk at Oikocredit.jpg10 April | 2019 Oikocredit just published its financial results for 2018. For a deeper look at the results and insights on how the cooperative is working towards improving its future results, we interviewed Oikocredit’s Director of Finance & Risk, Laura Pool. In the interview Laura also explains why providing expertise and using the right financial instruments can make all the difference. full story

Oikocredit publishes its annual report for 2018 along with key financial highlights

Annual report 2018 cover.jpg27 March | 2019 Today Oikocredit announced its annual results for 2018. The press release explains how despite changes at the organisation and the prevailing low interest rate environment, Oikocredit has managed to grow its development financing portfolio. full story

Technology is part of the solution

Vincent1.JPG25 March | 2019 Financial technologies – “fintech” for short – are revolutionising the financial industry worldwide. How can technological developments further financial inclusion? What impact is fintech having on Oikocredit and its partners?

Oikocredit’s West Germany Support Association spoke to Oikocredit’s Business Development Specialist in Amersfoort, Vincent van Dugteren, to find out. full story

Oikocredit invests in affordable housing finance provider Sitara in India

sitara.PNG21 March | 2019 Oikocredit has made an equity investment of INR 670 million in affordable housing finance company Sitara together with Omidyar Network india, HDFC Life Insurance, HDFC Holdings Ltd. and Women’s World Banking to foster inclusion and equality in the Indian home loans sector. full story

Empowering women in Indonesia through financial inclusion

KOM-ID-20.jpg28 February | 2019 Mimin Among wears a broad smile when talking about how she earns a living making krupuk (Indonesian deep-fried prawn crackers): “We started a small business in 2004 after years of working for other people. We joined the Komida cooperative in 2009 and used our first loan to buy woks which we still use now. The business is doing well and we employ 10 neighbours to help us keep up with demand.” full story

Patrick Stutvoet becomes Oikocredit’s new Director of IT and Operations

Patrick Stutvoet.jpg27 February | 2019 Oikocredit is pleased to announce the appointment of Patrick Stutvoet as Director of IT and Operations, and newest member of the cooperative’s Managing Board, effective 1 March 2019. full story

Oikocredit invests in Laudex to encourage social inclusion in Mexico’s education sector

laudex sq.PNG18 February | 2019 Oikocredit has closed an investment of USD 3.3 million in Laudex, a financial inclusion institution providing loans to students for higher education in Mexico. full story

With my chickens, I feel free

Blog 1.jpg30 January | 2019 Last month, a group of Oikocredit investors, volunteers and staff spent a week in Peru for the 2018 study tour. One of the partners they visited was financial inclusion organisation ProEmpresa and its end-clients in Lima’s suburbs. Marion Wedegärtner from Oikocredit’s West German Support Association shared her impressions of the trip. full story

Reflecting on 2018 and looking forward

Thos Gieskes.jpg29 January | 2019 Oikocredit’s Managing Director, Thos Gieskes, reflects on 2018 and shares what is ahead for the cooperative. full story

Strengthening market access for small-scale farmers in India

YCOOK-IN-17.jpg17 January | 2019 “Before we worked with Y-Cook we didn’t grow sweet corn, but only flowers and millet. With corn we have fixed prices, which are much better,” says Krishna Muthy, a farmer from the village of Kanekal in India’s Andhra Pradesh state. As a farmer supplier to Oikocredit’s Indian partner Y-Cook, he has seen his corn crop prices and yields improve significantly, providing him with a stable income and a better quality of life for his whole family. full story

Oikocredit invests in SolarNow to help bring solar energy to 17,500 customers in Uganda

SolarNow.jpg08 January | 2019 Oikocredit has closed its largest investment yet in off-grid solar company SolarNow, together with SunFunder and responsAbility. full story

Building Disaster Resiliency: A Guidebook

Guidebook Front Cover Portrait.png12 December | 2018 Disaster resiliency is an important component in Oikocredit’s capacity building work with partners in areas prone to natural disasters. After successfully piloting a disaster risk reduction management (DRRM) programme in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, it has now been extended to partners in other countries like Ecuador. full story

Oikocredit’s updated Vision & Strategy published

Strategyobjectives.png03 December | 2018 Oikocredit has published its updated Vision & Strategy. The brochure sets out Oikocredit’s strategic direction for the coming years, including the cooperative’s strategic ambitions and the ... full story

Call for Oikocredit Supervisory Board applications

SB application.PNG29 November | 2018 Oikocredit is seeking skilled and experienced individuals to stand for election to its Supervisory Board during the next Annual General Meeting in June 2019. full story

A new operating model for Oikocredit [interview]

Bart logo image.PNG27 November | 2018 Earlier this year, Oikocredit introduced its updated strategy. Bart van Eyk, Oikocredit’s Director of Investments, shares the latest details of our updated strategy and explains how changes to our regional setup will help us to better serve our partners with the aim of creating an even stronger social impact. full story

Investors and volunteers visit Oikocredit partners in Peru

CENFR-PE-30.jpg26 November | 2018 A group of Oikocredit investors, volunteers and staff will soon be heading to Peru for this year’s study tour, which takes place from 2 to 8 December. Participants will visit a financial inclusion organisation and its end-clients in Lima. In Jaén and San Ignacio, they will visit a fair-trade coffee cooperative and its farmer members. full story

Turning organic waste into energy: how Oikocredit offsets its carbon footprint

FCF Image 1_Cooking on biogas.jpg20 November | 2018 Offsetting carbon is an important way for Oikocredit to contribute to climate change mitigation and protection of the environment. For almost a year now, Oikocredit has been working with FairClimateFund to offset its carbon footprint. full story

Preserving the future of cocoa in Côte d’Ivoire

ECOO-CI-18.jpg13 November | 2018 Nearly half of the world’s chocolate supply is grown in Côte d’Ivoire1, where more than a million smallholder farmers depend on cocoa production for their livelihoods. Cocoa is also vital to the ... full story

Wool with a name

Manos 2 of 2.jpg05 November | 2018 John Lennon wore Manos del Uruguay, and among its current fans are a number of celebrities and even royalty. All Manos products are signed by the woman who dyed the wool, and each product is handcrafted and therefore unique. full story

Oikocredit invests in FinTech Sempli to support sustainable growth of SMEs in Colombia

Esteban-Felipe1_8.jpg31 October | 2018 Together with the Inter-American Development Bank (BID LAB), Oikocredit has closed an investment of USD 5.7 million in the Colombian FinTech Sempli. full story

Oikocredit invests in Kenyan fertiliser plant to raise farmers’ yields and incomes

News item Fertiplant photo.jpg23 October | 2018 Oikocredit has made an equity investment in Sub Saharan Africa’s first fertiliser granulation and manufacturing plant Fertiplant East Africa. Oikocredit joins the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in funding construction of the plant, which will benefit farmers’ incomes and enhance food security in the region. full story

Financial results for social impact [interview]

Irene van Oostwaard.jpg17 October | 2018 As Oikocredit implements its updated strategy, the cooperative continues to work with its members and investors to share the latest developments and progress being made. The worldwide cooperative’s West Germany Support Association recently sat down with Irene van Oostwaard, Director of Finance at Oikocredit, to learn more about current financial topics, as well as Irene's own insights and passion for the organisation. full story

Making a difference in Mexico: the value of investing in SMEs

Image 2 CON-MX-03.jpg10 October | 2018 Financial inclusion is Oikocredit’s largest priority sector. Through Oikocredit’s updated strategy the cooperative aims to deepen its engagement with its microfinance partners while also seeking partners beyond traditional financial institutions. Oikocredit is increasingly aiming to make an impact for the ‘missing middle’ by targeting finance to small to medium enterprises (SMEs) – like it is doing in Mexico. full story

Fintech and social impact investing in India [interview]

Arun Nayyar.jpg02 October | 2018 As part of its updated strategy, Oikocredit continues to seek partnerships beyond traditional financial institutions. Partnering with fintech companies that target underserved communities with innovative financial technologies is one way the cooperative is doing this. To learn more about the role of fintech in social impact investing, and more specifically in India, we spoke with Arun Nayyar, the CEO of Oikocredit partner NeoGrowth. full story

Oikocredit’s equity investment supports India’s agriculture value chain

Origo 1.jpeg01 October | 2018 Oikocredit has made an equity investment in Origo Commodities, a company which provides post-harvest agriculture supply chain financing and logistics solutions across 12 Indian states to over 3,500 clients, including more than 1,400 farmers. full story

Oikocredit signs Fair Trade Charter to help reach the Sustainable Development Goals

RAh__k9A.png25 September | 2018 Today, Oikocredit joined more than 250 organisations around the world in launching an International Fair Trade Charter which sets down the fundamental values of Fair Trade and defines a common vision toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). full story

Oikocredit invests in Brazilian FinTech Avante to support one million micro-entrepreneurs by 2021

Avante photo.png06 September | 2018 Oikocredit welcomes Avante, a Brazilian FinTech that empowers micro-entrepreneurs through financial technology, to its growing FinTech portfolio. full story

Oikocredit’s first off-grid solar project in Latin America to support 250,000 people

Kingo27 (1).jpg05 September | 2018 Together with Dutch development bank FMO, Oikocredit invested in Kingo, an off-grid energy supplier, to help them expand to rural areas in Guatemala. full story

Equity investment to improve lives in El Salvador

ENL-SV-17.jpg29 August | 2018 “Quitting my job at the factory was a good decision. We make a profit of US$ 300 a week…when I worked in the factory I earned US$ 60 a week.” full story

Rising to the coffee challenge: high yields, high quality and environmental sustainability

Wilson Olivera, President of Cenfrocafe (left), and Ronny García, Cenfrocafe CEO (right).22 August | 2018 “It’s not easy to grow in a sustainable way”, says Wilson Olivera, President of Peruvian coffee cooperative Central Fronteriza del Norte de Cafetaleros (Cenfrocafe). full story

The Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance releases ‘State of the Sector’ report

CSAF2018-cover.jpg08 August | 2018 Oikocredit is a member of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF), which just published its annual ‘State of the Sector’ report. full story

Oikocredit article on home solar and microfinance published on NextBillion

REblog.JPG26 July | 2018 NextBillion published Oikocredit’s Renewable Energy Investment Officer, Mark Roesink’s article ‘Home Solar+Microfinance: Mitigating Risks and Maximising Rewards.’ full story

Going above and beyond: Oikocredit’s Social and Environmental Performance Report [Interview]

Ging Ledesma, Oikocredit’s Investor Relations and Social Performance Director17 July | 2018 Oikocredit just published its latest Social and Environmental Performance Report (SEPR) showing that the worldwide cooperative surpasses the sector average for outreach to female clients. To learn more about this and other highlights in the report, and to gain a better understanding of why Oikocredit reports on its social and environmental performance, we spoke with Ging Ledesma, Oikocredit’s Investor Relations and Social Performance Director. full story

Oikocredit surpasses sector average for outreach to female microfinance clients

MIEL-MX-30.jpg12 July | 2018 Today Oikocredit published its latest Social and Environmental Performance Report (SEPR) which shows that nearly 90% of clients reached by the microfinance organisations Oikocredit invests in are women, compared to the sector average of 70%. full story

Oikocredit annual general meeting takes place in India

electronic voting AGM 201822 June | 2018 Last week, Oikocredit’s annual general meeting took place in Chennai, India. full story

Oikocredit signs new guidelines on responsible digital financial inclusion

Bart-van-Eyk-web.jpg20 June | 2018 Oikocredit joined over 50 fintech investors and innovators to develop guidelines aimed at spreading the benefits of the digital financial services revolution more widely. full story

Join us in cities across Europe for a taste of Fapecafes fair trade coffee

FAPE-EC-30.jpg11 June | 2018 Oikocredit’s annual European road show kicks off 18 June in Berlin and will travel to various cities in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland. full story

Getting together for sustainable coffee in June

COOT-CR-78.jpg06 June | 2018 Anyone for sustainably sourced coffee? You can get a taste of Oikocredit’s collaborative efforts in the sustainable coffee sector by following our coffee-themed updates which we will share with you throughout June. full story

Thos Gieskes: why we’ve updated our strategy and how we’re aiming for more impact [interview]

Thos Gieskes.jpg24 May | 2018 Last month we announced our financial results and introduced Oikocredit’s updated strategy. Our Managing Director Thos Gieskes shares more details on what’s different about the new approach, why focus is so important, and how social impact remains at Oikocredit’s heart. full story

A cool head and a warm heart: how to produce organic and fair trade honey [partner story]

MIEL-MX-23.jpg11 May | 2018 There's lots that we can learn from bees: alternative ways of working, serving the community and sharing. We talked to Luis Enrique Castañón Chavarría, Managing Director of Oikocredit’s fair trade and organic partner Miel Mexicana, about how bees cooperate, the beekeeping industry and its international customers. full story

Oikocredit invests € 1 million in renewable energy company Inyenyeri

Inyenyeri photo 3.jpg02 May | 2018 Today Oikocredit and Inyenyeri announced the € 1 million loan investment at the Sustainable Energy for All Forum in Lisbon, Portugal. full story

E-Hands: solar energy for India’s unbanked  

Solar for rural bank - Bamraha,  Rewa, Madhya Pradesh.jpg26 April | 2018 In India, some 270 million people, a fifth of the population, lack access to electricity1. Some 90% of the country’s off-grid communities are based in remote, rural areas, with many households ... full story

Oikocredit Annual Report and press release highlighting 2017

ar18-v1.jpg11 April | 2018 Today Oikocredit published its annual report and press release for its 2017 financial results. full story

Enhancing coffee cooperatives’ price risk management

IMG_8949.jpg29 March | 2018 From 21 February to 1 March, Oikocredit held two workshops in the Peruvian city of Jaén on price risk management (PRM) for coffee cooperatives in Peru and Colombia. full story

“Oikocredit is a frontrunner”: getting to know our director of risk

Laura Pool, director of risk at Oikocredit.jpg28 February | 2018 In December 2017, Oikocredit welcomed Laura Pool as our new director of risk and member of our managing board. We spoke to Laura about risk management, her passions and why she chose Oikocredit. full story

India summit: Putting people before profit by transforming the financial sector

ESA-IN-17.jpg22 February | 2018 Oikocredit and Maanaveeya, an Indian subsidiary of Oikocredit, in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV) are to co-host a summit on 23 February 2018 in Hyderabad, India to highlight the opportunities for microfinance institutions (MFIs) to become small finance banks (SFBs) whilst remaining true to their social mission. The event brings together representatives from 15 financial institutions/stakeholders across India. full story

Coffee for generations: Colombian coffee farmers’ perseverance and environmental care

RED-CO-51.jpg19 February | 2018 Oikocredit partner organisation Red Ecolsierra has enabled coffee farmers in Colombia to receive fair prices and increase the quality and quantity of production despite the violence and unrest that filled the region for decades. full story

Local presence is our strong point

Maria photo.jpg08 February | 2018 Maria Koramoa heads Oikocredit's country office in Accra, Ghana's capital, and is the deputy head of Oikocredit West Africa. As a financial expert, Maria has studied economics, sociology and education in Birmingham and the Cape Coast. She is specialised in microfinance and the development of small and medium-sized enterprises. During a Skype call, Maria shared some insights into her work. full story

Oikocredit and African Guarantee Fund sign new agreement to finance SMEs

AGF and Oikocredit 529 January | 2018 On 25 January, Oikocredit signed a new agreement with African Guarantee Fund (AGF) to boost financing to microfinance institutions and agricultural and renewable energy SMEs in Africa. The signing... full story

A sweet deal in southern Colombia

CONT-CO-47.jpg24 January | 2018 When it comes to committing to a business, there’s no doubting sugar cane farmer Pedro Bastidas. When asked about the development of his enterprise, he casually states: “In 2005, I exchanged my house for a sugar factory.” full story

Video: Support for women coffee growers in Brazil

CPFAM-BR-09.jpg12 January | 2018 Oikocredit partner Cooperativa dos Agricultores Familiares de Poço Fundo e Região (Coopfam) is a Brazilian coffee cooperative which is helping to empower women by supporting the production of a ... full story

Oikocredit Across Continents

Viviana and Zion.jpg07 December | 2017 Katharina Welp, communications officer at Oikocredit’s support association North East Germany in Berlin, completed a one-week exchange visit to Oikocredit’s head office in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. She met up with two colleagues from Oikocredit’s regional offices who were also in Amersfoort for an exchange. full story

‘Banking on women’: empowering Kenyan women through microfinance

KWFT-Grace.jpg28 November | 2017 “In Africa, there is nothing as important as empowering a woman. When you empower a woman, it’s as if you are empowering the whole country. KWFT is empowering me with education, with knowledge and with money.” full story

How women coffee farmers in Brazil are building economic independence

Dayany de Assis dos Santos Ferreira.jpg17 November | 2017 The Coopfam (Cooperativa dos Agricultores Familiares de Poço Fundo e Região) coffee cooperative is empowering women to produce a speciality organic coffee and improve their livelihoods full story

Microfinance in action: Kick-starting a table football business

BancoPymedelaComunidad.jpg07 November | 2017 Oikocredit’s longstanding partnership with Banco Pyme de la Comunidad is enabling micro-entrepreneurs in Bolivia to build flourishing, sustainable businesses full story

Oikocredit’s new forum for multi-stakeholder dialogue

Ueli Burkhalter 20162.jpg30 October | 2017 Pastor Ueli Burkhalter is the seventh member of Oikocredit’s recently formed members' council (MC). The MC is a consultation and advisory body elected by Oikocredit’s member organisations to ... full story

“Together, we are a movement.’’ Thos Gieskes’ first months at Oikocredit [interview]

Thos Gieskes.jpg19 October | 2017 We caught up with Oikocredit’s managing director, Thos Gieskes, to hear about his first months at the global cooperative. In the interview, he talks about some of Oikocredit’s strengths and challenges along with insights from his journey in getting to know the ins and outs of the organisation. full story

Supporting organic coffee growers in southern Ecuador

FAPECAFES.jpg26 September | 2017 “Being organic is not just about paper certification - it’s a state of mind. It’s close to our hearts; farmers are choosing not to use fertilisers which damage everything,” says Miguel Mosquera as he walks alongside his coffee plants. full story

Indulge in a FAPECAFES fair trade coffee at our events across Europe

Jose.jpg21 September | 2017 Located in the mountains of southern Ecuador, Oikocredit partner FAPECAFES is an organisation of six cooperatives seeking to improve the conditions of its farmer members by commercialising fair trade and organic coffee. full story

How fair trade is helping smallholder coffee farmers succeed

Photo courtesy of Barista Magazine.jpg15 September | 2017 Fair Trade USA is the leading fair trade certifying body in North America, operating globally alongside the European-based Fairtrade International. Colleen Anunu, Fair Trade USA’s Senior Manager of Supply Chain, reflects on some of fair trade’s achievements and challenges, with a focus on the coffee sector. She also explains how Fair Trade USA and Oikocredit are teaming up to reduce price risks for coffee farmers. full story

Laura Pool appointed as chief risk officer

13 September | 2017 Laura Pool will become Oikocredit’s chief risk officer on 18 December, heading the risk department and joining the managing board. full story

Oikocredit Argentina awards innovation in microfinance

Argentina Award Paola photo.jpg31 August | 2017 Oikocredit is pleased to announce that Paola González from Programa Alumbra - Fundación Banco Macro is the winner of the Oikocredit Argentina Innovative Loan Officer award. The award was presented at the 11th annual summit on microfinance: The role of microfinance in financial inclusion held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 29 August. full story

Cooperatives supporting fruit farmers in northern Patagonia

PAI-newsitem-2.jpg10 August | 2017 Herminio Antonio Urrutia is 61 years old and has been a member of the fruit-growers’ cooperative Primera Cooperativa Frutícola in Argentina’s northern Patagonia for over 20 years, or as he puts it: “Ever since I started my own business!” full story

More coffee trees to fill another cup and support the smallholder farmer

Impexcor.jpg26 July | 2017 Whether you’re in need of a boost or you’re just the average coffee lover, waking up to the smell of roasted beans is what often gets us through the day. Coffee is easy to enjoy, however, we often don’t realise what it takes to get this wake-up cup into our hands. full story

Leading Agricultural Lenders Deploy $682 Million to Support Small Businesses and Farmer Livelihoods Globally

SODAR-RW-30.jpg19 July | 2017 Oikocredit and the 10 other members of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF) today announced in their newly published State of the Sector report that they provided $682 million in loans to 765 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) during 2016. full story

Strengthening People and Planet [interview]

Kawien 1.JPG04 July | 2017 As Oikocredit publishes its Social & Environmental Performance Report for 2016, Kawien Ziedses des Plantes, deputy director of social performance and capacity building, explains some of the thinking behind the organization’s approach to social and environmental performance. full story

40 million people, 84% being women, reached by organisations financed by Oikocredit

SEP report 2017 cover27 June | 2017 Today these results and more were released in Oikocredit’s Social and Environmental Performance Report for 2016. full story

Oikocredit annual general meeting elects supervisory board members, approves dividend

Joseph Patterson.jpg15 June | 2017 This week over 120 members and staff of Oikocredit International gathered for a week of meetings in Accra, Ghana, including the annual general meeting (AGM) and a conference with speakers from across Ghana’s financial inclusion sector. full story

Agriculture Report 2016 - Announcement

Agriculture report 2016 DEF cover.jpg08 June | 2017 Oikocredit's Agriculture Report for 2016 is now online. This report examines trends in the portfolio growth, quality and composition over the past four years. full story

Oikocredit delivers fresh insights into rural-urban poverty

Farmers-philippines-microfinance-rural-potatoes.jpg31 May | 2017 Supporting financial inclusion in low and lower income countries by investing in microfinance institutions (MFIs) is central to Oikocredit’s mission. However, as Thelma Brenes Muñoz of Oikocredit’s social performance team says: “We also want to know more about how this work affects the lives of the people receiving loans.” full story

World Fair Trade Day: Celebrating Oikocredit’s partners across the globe

manos 2.jpg12 May | 2017 Fair trade is defined as ‘a movement whose goal is to help producers in developing countries to get a fair price for their products so as to reduce poverty, provide for the ethical treatment of workers and farmers, and promote environmentally sustainable practices.’ full story

Kompanion Bank blends capital and business knowledge to create self-sustainable futures

KOMP-KG-39-cropped.jpg26 April | 2017 Kompanion Bank was established in 2004 to provide loans to small scale farmers, livestock herders and shepherds in Kyrgyzstan. It has been an Oikocredit partner since 2007. However, Kompanion is a bank with a difference because it not only provides micro loans to its clients but also offers them free business development training and technical assistance in order to promote sustainable agriculture and natural resource management. full story

Investing in healthcare and education

Sanatorio 9 de Julio's emergency and intensive care unit.jpg07 April | 2017 Besides Oikocredit’s focus areas of inclusive finance, agriculture, renewable energy and Africa, we finance partners that provide health and educational services in low-income communities, for example in Argentina. full story

Oikocredit Annual Report 2016: Diversifying for our Future

Annual reports 2016 - holding hands04 April | 2017 Oikocredit's Annual Report for 2016 is now online. The Annual Report provides an update on our operations and performance, including recent developments in our focus areas of inclusive finance, agriculture, renewable energy and Africa. full story

Cooperatives, banking and development economics: Thos Gieskes’ path to Oikocredit

Thos Gieskes V2.jpg03 April | 2017 Today Thos Gieskes joins Oikocredit as our new managing director. With a background in development economics and over 30 years in leadership at a cooperative bank, Thos is excited about the new role with an organization he believes in. full story

Oikocredit and IDB help Latin American farmers combat volatile coffee prices

Coffee beans29 March | 2017 Oikocredit has teamed with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Fair Trade USA, Keurig Green Mountain and Catholic Relief Services for a unique three-year capacity building project to support smallholder coffee farmers facing volatile markets. full story

Oikocredit exceeds € 1 billion in financing to partner organizations

PUNAM-INDIA-24.jpg22 March | 2017 Today Oikocredit announced its annual results at a press conference in Frankfurt, Germany. The cooperative achieved another successful year in financing its partner organizations to improve the quality of life of people in low-income countries. full story

From good intentions to a sustainable future

Client outcomes programme in Nicaragua01 March | 2017 Oikocredit is not simply committed to delivering microfinance to clients in developing regions, it is also dedicated to ensuring that its clients have a sustainable future. Our capacity building programme focused on client outcomes is key to achieving this aim. full story

Transforming tea estates and impacting lives in northern India [part 2]

AMBO-IN-15.jpg21 February | 2017 Oikocredit’s investment enabled Darjeeling Organic Tea Estates Private Limited (DOTEPL) to buy three tea estates in Darjeeling, northern India; among them are Rangaroon and Pandam. full story

Transforming tea estates and impacting lives in northern India [part 1]

AMBO-IN-23.jpg21 February | 2017 Deep in the northern mountains of India, lies Darjeeling, a region known for producing the best designated teas. What makes that perfect cup of steaming Darjeeling possible, are the thousands of people working on tea estates. full story

Oikocredit appoints new managing director

Thos Gieskes V2.jpg07 February | 2017 Thos Gieskes will be welcomed as managing director of Oikocredit on 3 April 2017. full story

Video featuring solar power solutions in India

2227-pepl-in-1500pxs-01.jpg02 February | 2017 Punam Energy Private Limited (PEPL), based in Kolkata, is the commercial offshoot of the NGO SwitchON. All of its products are marketed under the brand name ONergy. The NGO has been instrumental ... full story

Oikocredit in Africa: Decisions are a matter of good relationships

PicJudyYvesOnly.jpg31 January | 2017 As the crow flies, it is 4,599 kilometres between the offices of Judy Ngarachu in Nairobi, Kenya, and Yves Komaclo in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The two regional directors represent Oikocredit on the east-west axis of the continent, with five Oikocredit offices in West Africa and four in East Africa. We spoke with them about what unifies and differentiates their work in Oikocredit’s priority region. full story

Supporting smallholder farmers during Ukraine’s turbulent times

20160630_Svitlana_137.jpg12 January | 2017 Getting access to loans has been a challenge for smallholder farmers in Ukraine for several decades. Since the agrarian reforms following the country’s independence from Russia in 1991, mainstream investors have favoured large-scale agricultural production. full story

Investors and volunteers visit our partners in the Philippines

ASHI-PH-32.jpg05 January | 2017 Oikocredit’s annual study tour offers first-hand insight into our work full story

The rebuilding and refinancing of Ecuador’s devastated cocoa producers

FORTA-EC-02.jpg19 December | 2016 Last April’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador particularly affected communities living in the coastal area where the fair-trade cocoa growers’ associations Fortaleza del Valle and FONMSOEAM operate. full story

Video featuring support for Rwanda's booming coffee sector

Rwanda coffee film.PNG01 December | 2016 Rusizi Specialty Coffee (RSC) is a coffee export company based in the district of Rusizi, in south-west Rwanda. Rusizi Speciality Coffee works with 2,000 smallholder farmers and three coffee cooperatives to produce high-quality coffee. full story

Improving the lives of people in rural areas through peanut farming

GREEN-KE-07.jpg01 December | 2016 Athanas Matheka, founder and CEO of Greenforest Foods Limited, a Kenyan company that produces honey and nuts, is using peanuts to improve the lives of families in Kenya’s rural areas and to reduce resource-centred conflict. Yes, Peanuts. full story

Oikocredit increases equity stake in Bolivian MFI

0297-bancofie-bo-1500px-02.jpg24 November | 2016 Oikocredit has more than doubled its investment in Banco Fie, a leading microfinance bank with a strong commitment to financial inclusion in Bolivia. Banco Fie has been a partner of Oikocredit’s ... full story

Oikocredit, Triodos Investment Management and Fidosa invest in Guatemalan hydropower

Ixtal hydropower plant Guatemala 0123 November | 2016 Social investor Oikocredit, impact investor Triodos Investment Management and Guatemalan bank Grupo Financiero de Occidente (Fidosa) have teamed up to provide financing worth USD 8.20 million for two run-of-the-river hydroelectric plants in the San Marcos department of Guatemala. full story